Women in Horror Month: The Julianne Snow Interview

Women in Horror Month is an opportunity to raise the awareness of women creators working in the field of horror. Whether as writers, artists or filmmakers, it is a time to shine the spotlight on the women out there who give us the creeps. (In a good way. We love ’em for it!) Here, in the latter half of the month, I will be posting interviews with some of those horror creators right here on the blog. Today’s interview is with horror writer, Julianne Snow.

Julianne SnowTell us a little about yourself and what you are currently bringing to the field of horror.
What am I not bringing to the field of horror?? But seriously, I currently have a book, a collection and a collaborative novella on the market along with a number of shorts in different publications.
I’m the author of the Days with the Undead series, and the second and third books will be releasing this year and a member of the Horror Writers Association. I’m Canadian so I spell a few words a little differently, but don’t hold that against me… Other than that, I love horror in all its incarnations.

What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing women right now in this field of creative work?
Honestly, I think it’s the attitude of the genre. Some of it is very accepting and readily helping to collectively raise the awareness that women write some killer horror fiction. On the other hand, there are a few, a few with fairly loud voices who feel the need to knock it all down when they see it.
Societally we look to others in our gender to gauge what is acceptable and with dissenting voices coming from anyone, readers and writers alike have the opportunity to be influenced in a negative way. The only way we’re going to see a measure of equality in terms of acceptance rates, readership and potential for royalties earned is if we all work to making it a more inclusive environment. That being said, the work has to be good despite the weight the name carries and that should be a measurement all the way around, not just when it comes to women.

As a writer, do your works feature mostly female protagonists or male? Or a mix? Any particular reason?
The stories tend to dictate the gender of the protagonist in most cases. I don’t actively set out to write women or men exclusively. I just let the story go where the story wants to go.

What type of character do you find it most difficult to write?
Honestly, short story characters are harder to write because so many of them have the subtle nuances that are a little harder to convey in shorter pieces. You need to fit more into a smaller word count and still have them read as potentially real people.

Who is your favorite female character from classic horror literature? Why?
I’m going to have to go with Eleanor in Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. I love her vulnerability and how it exists in dichotomy with her strength. You don’t ever see them at the same time, but they’re there nonetheless.

Who is your favorite female character from contemporary horror literature? Why?
I’m going to have to say it would be Rose Daniels from King’s Rose Madder. While it’s not one of King’s self-admitted best novels (he’s been recorded as saying it’s a “stiff, trying-too-hard novel”), I found the depth of her character to be truly engaging.

Tell us who you think the best villain is, hands down, in horror literature. Or if you already answered this in the previous questions, tell us something random. Anything. I won’t print this. I swear.
The best villain in horror literature? How can I pick just one?? Yes, I’m going with the cop out answer… I just can’t pick one. It’s unfair to all my favourites.

Every horror writer has a boogeyman; something that keeps them awake at night. What’s yours?
The only thing that keeps me awake at night are the stories that continually swirl in my brain until I write them down. I think the fear comes from the possibility that I could lose any idea up there…

Is Women in Horror Month important to the field? Why?
I think so. But that’s from the perspective that it makes it okay for women to talk about their work and to talk about the experiences they’ve had in an open forum. If you’re unaware of an issue, how can you address it?

In what way would you improve the visibility of Women in Horror Month if you ruled the world? (You know, pretending for a moment that you don’t already.)
I’m glad you added that last bit otherwise… If it were a perfect world (see what I did there ;)), Women in Horror Month wouldn’t be a necessity. But we don’t live in one so… As for making it more visible, it would be great if the community recognized it on a larger scale. It was founded to bring awareness in the film industry for the most part, but it’s been adopted by many of the creative fields. If it could get national or international coverage that would be awesome. Heck, if it was recognized on calendars, it would certainly open a lot more eyes to it.

Glimpses_FrontCover-smGive us your details. Where can we find your work? What’s your website? Social media details, etc?
Here are all of the links where you can find me:
Twitter: @CdnZmbiRytr
Facebook: Julianne Snow
FB Fan Page: Julianne Snow, Author
Amazon Author Page: Julianne Snow
Blogs: Days with the Undead, The FlipSide of Julianne & Zombieholics Anonymous

Thank you, D. for such a wonderful opportunity!

2 comments

  1. Great interview! Julianne is a great writer!

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